The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Ursprung und Gegenwart, a book which was published in German in two parts around and The central . Our purpose here is to become acquainted with Jean Gebser’s seminal work, The Ever- Present Origin [1]. To this end, it would be helpful at the onset to gain a. Digital Resources for Ever-Present Origin “Rendering Darkness and Light Present: Jean Gebser and the Principle of Diaphany”, Aaron.

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But it was through this very quagmire of “the decline of the West ” that Gebser saw the emergence of a new structure of consciousness which he termed the integral.

Extreme materialism claims that “everything is nothing but matter — atoms “.

Paperbackpages. Gabriel rated it it was amazing Sep 19, Shaiya Rothberg rated it it was amazing Apr 22, As Gebser understands the term, “conscious is neither knowledge nor conscience but must be understood for the time being in the broadest sense as wakeful presence.

It means that “objectivity” gets applied to “engineering humanity” whether it is in the behavioral sciences or the physical sciences. No direct information on this structure is available; it is inferred from writings from later times. And of what concern is gender in the telling of stories about that past? Born in Posen inJean Gebser came from an old Franconian family domiciled in Thuringia since It is difficult, it is dense, it is odd pages long, but I don’t want to miss a drop.


Arneson, PatJean Gebser’s Cosmology”. His work, Ursprung und Gegenwart is the result of that inquiry. Each consciousness structure eventually becomes deficient, and is replaced by a following structure. He died in Berne on May 14, Origin or Ursprung, in the original German is the source from which all springs, but it is that which springs forth itself.

In fact, without already having an integral awareness, one could have no notion of time as “past” or “present”, etc.

The unfolding of awareness is, by contrast, an opening-up. Gebser details five structures of c The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Ursprung und Gegenwarta origij which was published in German in two parts around and Mark Kaplan rated it it was amazing May 13, For Gebser, dualistically opposed and “static” categories of Being gave way to transparency. But Gebser says that it is a task that we cannot choose to ignore without losing ourselves.

The Ever-Present Origin

Reading this, one can actually embody the thin screen door between historicism and historicity; the transformation of all theory from a thorough revaluation of humankind’s engagement with existence and being. In the magical structure events, objects and persons are magically related. Any attempt to remedy the situation by a return to “values” would ultimately gfbser. In Gebser emigrated to Jexn and subsequently lived in Spain where he was attached to the Ministry of Education of the Spanish Republic.


Want to Read saving…. Gebser introduced the notion of presentiation which means to make something present through transparency. If we evwr-present morality, we can refer to amoral, moral and immoral. The Ever-Present Origin is a translation of Krigin und Gegenwarta book which was published in German in two parts around and I’m not saying read it and become a Gebserian.

One of the most influential books I have ever read.

I picked this book up way before I was able to digest it. His theory seems to be that these structures unfold in a sequential but non-linear fashion i.

The greatest book ever written.


It also resembles Asian religious philosophical terms and views, such as Rigpa in Dzogchenand Ramana Maharshi ‘s view on awareness as the sole reality underlying the ego-structure or “I-thought. I don’t share his broad characterizations of “the orient”. For centuries, time was viewed as having distinct categories of past, present and future.

And it was written over 50 years ago.

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